General Spaces - Accessible spaces
The library has a separate accessible entrance. Users press the doorbell and may have to identify themselves through the intercom before the door will open.
Note: In some areas, additional staff services may be required to access materials
Left of the main entrance, under the blue canopy
Our collection includes over 750,000 books on all aspects of physical, life, and health sciences. Books are shelved by their call numbers.
Basement floors, Morrison Pavilion:
- 1-below (call numbers A - QM)
- 2-below (call numbers QP - Z; Old Class Materials shelved after the Z call numbers)
- 3-below - Theses/dissertations (located at the end of the journal collection)
Computers and wifi
There are 109 computers available throughout the library (108 workstations with internet and Microsoft Office software and and 1 catalogue-only computer). Use our computer finder to view their availability in real time and exact locations in the building.
- 13 seated and 14 standing computer workstations (accessible to U of T students, staff and faculty; UTORid login required)
- 5 LIRA public access terminals, one of which is wheelchair accessible (LIRA terminals are available for public use with a guest pass, which can be obtained from the LIRA kiosk on site. Valid government ID or credit card required)
- 1 black & white printer
- 1 colour printer
Wifi access is available to current students, staff, and faculty throughout Gerstein. UTORid sign-in required. Configuring your device
Main floor, lobby (by entrance)
Dept. of Computer Science Innovation Lab (DCSIL)
The Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab is one of University of Toronto's nine campus accelerators.
More info: https://www.dcsil.ca/
2nd floor, Morrison Pavilion
Gerstein Reading Room
- Reference collection (encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks)
- Table space for 72
- Soft seating for 16
- 6 standing computer terminals
More info: History of the Heritage Reading Room
Main floor, lobby
Capacity: 38 people
- 19 PC workstations
- 1 presenter workstation
- 1 projector
- 1 microphone
- web conferencing available
Accessibility: Back row of workstations are accessible by wheelchair
2nd floor, Morrison Pavilion
We have approximately 3400 journal subscriptions, in both paper and electronic formats. Some titles date back to the 1700s.
The library also subscribes to thousands of e-journals which can be accessed online from on- and off-campus by those who have a University of Toronto staff or student affiliation.
- Print journals from 1700s-current
- Individual seating and desks located at the end of selected shelves
- 5 floors (1975-current journals); accessible by elevator
- 3-below, compact movable shelving (Pre-1975 journals)
- 2 MacBook pro laptops with Xcode
- 1 3D scanner
- 2 3D printers
- 2 workstations with mobile SDKs and design software
- Test devices for iOS and Android
- Digital projector and whiteboards
- 2 conference/breakout rooms
- Hardware samples
- Equipment Locker
- Virtual Reality Studio (with HTC Vive)
- Refrigerator, coffee machine, microwave
Hours: generally Monday – Friday 9 AM – 5 PM (*recommended to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment).
Open to all U of T students, staff, and faculty
To book a 3D printer: https://bookings.library.utoronto.ca/gerstein
About the VR services: https://guides.library.utoronto.ca/virtualreality
About the MADLab: http://mobile.utoronto.ca
1 Below, Heritage Wing
- Room B112 (south end)
Capacity: 5 floors with 650 study spaces
Collections: Books by floor
- 1 Below - books shelved by call numbers A-QM
- 2 Below - books shelved by call numbers QP-Z; Old Class materials (located after the Z books)
- 3 Below - Theses/dissertations (located at the end of the journal collection)
Accessibility: All book stacks are accessible by wheelchair.
More info: The history of the Morrison Pavilion
North-east wing spanning all floors:
- 2nd floor
- Main floor
- 1 Below
- 2 Below
- 3 Below
Phone use is permitted in the stairwell leading to the second floor from the Heritage Reading Room, and the stairwell leading down to the MADLab near the entrance to the Journal Stacks, as well as outside the security gates inside the main doors of the library.
Note: Phone use is not permitted in study rooms, quiet study areas, stacks and other non-designated areas.
- Stairwell to Heritage Wing second floor
- Stairwell to 1 Below
- Stairwell outside security gates of the library
- Green Beet
Our reference books include encyclopedias, dictonaries, and handbooks.
These items are not available to borrow, but may be used for in-library consultation.
Main floor, Heritage Reading Room
Capacity: max. 8 people
A multipurpose and multifaith space for meditation, mindfulness, prayer, and yoga.
Floor cushions, yoga mats, shoe rack
More info and guidelines:
1 Below (Room B171)
Short Term Loan Desk
Borrow books in heavy demand or reserved by request of the professor for a particular class
- Course reserves & short term loans
- Phone chargers, laptop chargers, and headphones
- Tables and chairs for individual study
- 1 book scanner
Loan times vary from a number of hours to a number of days, based on the item.
Main floor lobby, adjacent to Loan Services Desk
The Gerstein Book Stop Leisure Collection
A leisure reading collection available for students and staff at the University of Toronto
Capacity: Soft seating for 4
Includes: Non-academic books available to read in-library or to borrow for home
More info: About the Gerstein Book Stop
Main floor, Lobby
- 48 study carrels
- 3 extra-long reading tables (accommodating 84 people)
- 2 large standing tables (accommodating 20 people)
- 46 computer workstations with chairs
- 4 standing computer workstations
- 4 club chairs
- Black and white printer
Main floor, north of lobby
Washrooms are available on selected floors.
- Main floor
- 2nd floor
Accessible & all-gender washrooms:
- Main floor (near room 1230)
- 1-below (near accessible entrance)
- 2nd floor (near Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab - DCSIL)